Edenton Steamers defeat Wilson Tobs for first win
By PJ Potter
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
EDENTON — Jake Miller 's ten-strikeout performance lifted the Edenton Steamers to its first victory of the 2018 season, defeating the Wilson Tobs 5-2 on Monday night at Historic Hicks Field.
Miller, normally a reliever at Binghamton University, was given the nod by head coach Russ Burroughs to be the Clams' third starter in the rotation. Hoping he would hit five innings, Miller went beyond expectations and fired six innings of just two-hit ball.
He arguably made only one bad pitch, a two-run shot by Brenton Doyle in the fourth inning.
Miller retired the first 11 batters he faced, and then set down the final six of his night.
RD Lutze came in relief and looked as good as Miller. Lutze, who entered the game tossing just one pitch for the season, pumped two scoreless innings with five strikeouts. Ryan Scharf closed the door for the Steamers, pitching the ninth inning and getting one strikeout.
Edenton's offense once again got off to a hot start, scoring in the first inning. Nick Caruso, who finished with three hits and two RBI, laced a single up the middle with two outs in the first frame. Rich Ciufo followed with a base knock, and an error from Wilson's right fielder Dudley Taw proved costly, wheeling Caruso all the way in to score.
The Steamers continued that trend, scoring one run in each of the first three innings, and then putting two more on in the fourth.
Ciufo and Anthony Jefferson each finished with two hits, a run scored and one walk. Caruso was the only Steamer to tally a run driven in, since the Tobs squandered four errors.
Josh Martinez , in his debut, added two stolen bags, one hit and one walk on top of scoring Edenton's second run.
Tyler Jones and Will Ethridge also added one single each.
Edenton returns to action tonight at 7 for its first road game. The Peninsula Pilots are set to host at War Memorial stadium.